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School Board Approves Two Additional Bonuses for WS/FCS Employees

Logo 44OCTOBER 13, 2021 – At the regular meeting of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education on Oct. 12, board members voted to give employees – in addition to the $1,000 bonus they will receive in their paychecks at the end of October – two more bonuses later in the school year.

The school board voted to approve a $700 bonus for teachers and certified staff members still employed on Dec. 1. They will get another $700 bonus if they are still employed with the district on May 1.

Classified staff members – which include Child Nutrition workers, maintenance workers, and bus drivers – will be receive $500 bonuses.

Like other school districts across the country, the local district is facing staff shortages, said Jevelyn Bonner-Reed, the Chief Human Resources Officer.

“We started to look ahead and think what else can we do to support staff in this challenging labor market and this challenging time, and how can we support them and retain them,” Bonner-Reed said.

WS/FCS is using federal COVID relief dollars to pay for the $1,000 bonuses that employees will get at the end of October. The next round of bonuses, which will cost about $9 million, will be paid with sales-tax revenue and savings.

In other business, the board approved a change in for the date for its next regular meeting in October. Because the WS/FCS Marching Band Jamboree is scheduled for Oct. 26, the board voted to change the date of its meeting to Thursday Oct. 28.

When the Building and Grounds Committee met, Colon Moore, the Director of Construction Services, recommended buying the property at 1201 Patterson Avenue as the site for the new building for Brunson Elementary School.

The committee approved the proposal and it will go on to the full board for approval.

“Upon full board approval,” Moore said, “we will schedule a closing date and move forward with programming, planning and design for a new Brunson Elementary School to be located on this property.”